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Attendance & Absences

  • Attendance at School

    Regular school attendance is essential for students to maximize their learning opportunities. Absences from class may result in serious disruption in the mastery of the knowledge and skills needed to progress to the next grade. It is crucial that students and parents make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.

    A student can be considered absent if he or she misses all or part of the school day, including late arrival and early pick up.

    Under Texas law, a student must be present for at least 90% of the time a class is offered.  Students who don’t meet this requirement, regardless of the reason for the absence, will lose credit in the class.  Completion of a plan determined by the campus principal or attendance committee will be required to restore credit and avoid retention.

    Under Texas law, a student who experiences more than 3 unexcused absences (full or partial day) in a four week period or 10 unexcused absences (full or partial day) in a 6 month period, may be referred to the court for truancy.  This includes unexcused late arrivals and early pick up. Charges may also be filed against the parent in these circumstances.

    What steps do I take if my child is absent?

    Communication with the school each time your child is absent is critical or the absence may be unexcused. Unexcused absences are considered truancy.  The grade for makeup work after an unexcused absence will be a zero. [See Board Policy EIA Local]. Contact your child’s attendance clerk to report an absence: https://www.lisd.net/attendanceclerks.

    Parents should provide a note, documenting the reason for the absence, to the school immediately upon the child’s return, and not later than three days after the absence. If the child was seen by a health care provider, a note from that provider is always preferred.  If the student was present PART of the school day and missed the remainder for a health care appointment, a note from that provider should be given to the school within 3 days.  In this circumstance, the time away from school is NOT considered an absence.


    The district will accept up to 10 parent notes each school year to excuse absences.  Any unexcused absences would reduce the number of parent notes accepted.

    What if my child’s absence is COVID related?

    Please see our COVID mitigation plan, including notification and reporting at https://www.lisd.net/covid

    COVID call center (469) 444-3558



    Front Office #: 469-713-5977 Option 0

     If you receive a notice that your student was counted absent for one or more periods, please log into your Skyward account and view your student's attendance to determine what teacher counted them absent.  If your child feels like they were counted absent in error, please tell them to talk to the teacher who counted them absent, and have the student and teacher determine if the absence is incorrect or correct.  Any changes to attendance must come from the teacher to the attendance office, since the teacher and student are usually the only individuals who know the circumstances of the absence.

    If you want to know if a parent or doctor note was received, please log into your Skyward account for your student and look at their attendance.  It will show if an absence is excused, which will confirm that the note was received.

    Killian Tardy Policy

    A student is considered tardy if they are not in the classroom when the bell is sounded.  A student is considered tardy at the discretion of the teacher/team if no bell is applicable.  Teachers will pull their door closed at the bell and any student NOT in the classroom must come to the tardy kiosk to log their tardy on the computer and pick up their pass to class. Tardies are cumulative by semester per teacher and will be reset each semester for school purposes but continue to accrue throughout the school year for truancy purposes.  Killian consequences for tardies are: 

    • 1st tardy = warning
    • 2nd tardy = warning 
    • 3rd tardy = 30 minute lunch detention
    • 4th tardy = 30 minute lunch detention
    • 5th tardy = 30 minute lunch detention
    • 6th or more tardy = Thursday Night School and additional consequences may be assigned by administrator


    2022/2023 Office hours 8:10am – 4:10pm

    Front Office #: 469-713-5977 Option 0

    Keshmira BamBAMK@LISD.NET     

    Deidre StempelSTEMPELDM@LISD.NET     

    • Attendance questions
    • Bus Rider Information 
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    • Report student absences by VM @ 469-713-5977 or Email

     Fax #: 214-626-1714 or 972-350-9200